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Operation “Moria camp” launched, first of 3,000 asylum seekers left for mainland

The first one hundred asylum-seekers from Moria Camp on the island of Lesvos left for Kavala on board of a ship early Friday morning. They are heading to a new camp in Volvi area near Thessaloniki in Northern Greece. The new camp has a capacity for 1,400 people. The group …

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3,000 migrants from overcrowded Moria to be relocated to mainland

After repeated appeals for asylum-seekers relocation from overcrowded Moria camp in the island of Lesvos, the European Commission reportedly plans to finally take take action. A total of 3,000 people are to be relocated to the Greek mainland. An EU source told New Europe that “the European Commission, having repeatedly alerted …

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More than 19K asylum-seekers on Greek islands, 11K on Lesvos alone

Ten boats carrying a total of 615 people of various nationalities arrived on the island of Lesvos over the weekend, that is from Friday Sep14 until Sunday , Sept 16th 2018. It is the largest number of arrivals in recent years and the largest in 2018, Athens News Agency notes …

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Prominent Syrian refugee Mardini arrested over alleged NGO migrants trafficking

Celebrated Syrian refugee, competitive swimmer and Youth Good Will Ambassador Sara Mardini is among the three arrested by Greek police over alleged migrants trafficking by NGO operating on the island of Lesvos. Sara Mardini and Irish national Sean Binder are two of the three NGO members Greek authorities arrested beginning …

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After Hydra, power outages also on islands of Skopelos and Tinos

From 4 0′ clock in the morning until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, locals and tourists on the island of Skopelos remained without electricity. A heavy rainstorm had reportedly damages the power supply system. Extensive lightning had damaged transmitters and columns with the effect of a total black-out on the island …

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Lesvos prosecutor files against 30 NGO members facilitating migrants trafficking

Greek authorities have struck a blow to a NGO suspected to have been involved in facilitating the illegal arrivals of refugees and migrants to the islands of Lesvos and Samos. The NGO was mainly operating on the island of Lesvos and the hot spot of Moria. Investigation that has lasted …

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Police & army officers among far-right group harassing Lesvos journalist Balaskas

Three policemen and one army officer are among the far-right group that has launched a coordinated online attack against  journalist Stratis Balaskas who covers Lesvos for Greece’s state news agency ANA-MPA and news website lesvosnews.net. Two of the policemen has been detained. Balaskas came under coordinated online and verbal threats …

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Farmer in custody for having shot Syrian teenager on Lesvos

A court on the island of Lesvos remanded custody to the 78-year-old farmer who shot and wounded a teenager refugee from Syria last week. Together with his family the 16-year-old asylum seeker had sought refuge in the farmer’s land plot to escape violence in the Moria hot spot nearby. The …

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Migration Minister reassures “no new hot spots on the islands, no asylum seekers returns”

Migration Minister, Dimitris Vitsas, dismissed dress reports that new hot spots will be established on the islands or that asylum seekers returns from Germany will be place on the five islands. In a letter to the mayors of the islands that have received the majority of refugees and migrants, that …

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Turkish Cargo rams Greek Gunboat “Armatolos” off Lesvos

Turkish cargo ship KARMATE rammed Greek gunboat “Armatolos” despite warnings it was on collision course. The incident took place at 4 o’ clock Friday morning  South-East off Lesvos within Greek territorial waters. The Turkish-flagged ship had deviated form its original course and fled into Turkish territorial waters. The gunboat was …

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